Student Profile: Sunny Lee '14
Vision of a Pharmacy
My pharmacy will join a cooperative network such as Good Neighbor Pharmacy or Rx Health Mart in order to increase bargain power when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, wholesalers, or manufacturers. I will most likely hire a pharmacy manager or PBM to help me manage the financial aspect of the pharmacy, especially inventory wise. To start the pharmacy, I will also hire a part-time pharmacist who can split working hours with me, two technicians, and one cashier, and have the pharmacy open six days a week.
The services that the pharmacy offer will include the typical prescription filling, dispensing, counseling, over-thecounter remedies, as well as vaccinations, MTM services, and compounding services. Specifically, I will again look for contracting or advertising opportunities at the long term care center or senior apartments to offer annual flu vaccine services as well as MTM services for residents at the facilities in addition to accepting walk-ins of individuals from the general public at the pharmacy. The compounding services are targeting more on individuals who have special needs, who have pets, or can even be offered to the clinic nearby if the facility does not have the service itself.
Once the business is on track, I would also like to make my pharmacy available as a practice site for pharmacy interns so they can have the chance to learn how to run their own pharmacies if that is something they are interested in.
An Innovative Pain Management Program
Based on the information provided, it seems like the first thing that needs to be done is an interview with the physician. We need to have the physician clarify what kind of medical conditions Raich is suffering from, especially what might be the cause of her pain, as well as get a current medication list and allergy history of her. This will give us a better idea as far as whether Raich has been receiving adequate drug therapy for her medical conditions since if she has not, taking care of this problem will be the first priority of all. If she has been receiving adequate drug therapy for her medical conditions, then we will need to ask the physician how many medications the physician he has actually tried on Raich and exactly what they are. We will then also have to have an interview with the patient for a thorough medication review as well as pain level assessment to see exactly how well the drugs the physician had tried on her.
However, if drug therapy has already been optimized and it has been determined that she is still in need of more aggressive therapies to treat her pain, then we will probably need to consult with other healthcare professionals to seek for possible pain treatments. A few people that I would want to reach out to would be chiropractors, physical therapists, Chinese medical doctors, and psychologists. In addition, depending on what caused the pain, I would also want to reach out to people who may have experiences in dealing with the pain as well. For example, if Raich's pain was a long term effect due to prior sports injury, I would try to talk to a sports coach or athletes since they may very likely know what the best way is to handle the situation. If the pain or medical condition is rare, I would also look for resources or scientific studies to see if there are any new therapeutic options in the U.S. or even other countries that would be able to help her.